Ernie Edward Beebe, son of Cliff and Katherine Beebe, died at home surrounded by family, on June 18, 2021, at the age of 87.
He was born in Gould City, Michigan, and moved to Gaylord as a child, where he lived for most of his life.
Ernie was a savvy businessman and as a young man, he opened Ernie’s Standard Gas Station on Main Street in Gaylord. He later owned and operated the Gaylord Auto Auction, until he retired.
If you had asked Ernie, he had never met a stranger. He was a gifted storyteller, a natural comedian, and a true people person. He commanded the room and was larger than life.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marie (Beebe) Kraus.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Carol (Galnor) Beebe; daughters, Debbie (Beebe) Grizzel and Joann (Beebe) Cattouse; sister, Jean Hahn; granddaughter, April (Potter) Vicker and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Vanderbilt on July 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ernie’s honor may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, at 256 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735 or to Munson Healthcare Hospice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
11 comments on “Ernie Edward Beebe”
Carol and family, Ernie will be missed. Thankful our paths crossed a long time ago and so thankful for his friendship and Carols friendship as well. I really enjoyed our visits and I sure will miss those. A great guy for sure. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Gosh so much to say! Father of my bestie, Deb Beebe so we always had alot of fun with Ernie. Great story teller. Loved his jokes. He will be so missed by his family and friends.
Rest in peace Ernie.
Carol and girls, Ernie will be missed, for sure. I always loved his great smile
May he rest in peace
Marilyn & Chester Ciszewski
Will miss his great advice, you were a mentor to many who were self employed
Ernie, a fine man who always had a story about growing up and working in Gaylord. Rest in peace my old friend.
Carol, Debbie, and family,
My prayers of comfort and peace for you and your family.
Jackie Warren Smith
May you find the winning slot machine up there. We will miss you here, but will always be grateful for the time we had with you. You were a great historian for our family.
Carol and family, I am so sorry about your loss. ‘Been there done that’, so the saying goes. I am here if you need to reminisce. Take care. God’s blessings to you all. Love, Cousin Ellen Cottrell Smith.
Grandpa, I will miss your stories and your hearty laugh (which your daughter has carried on)! You will never be forgotten! Rest in peace.
Sissy, and all my nieces, so sorry for your loss. All my love and prayers are with you. So many wonderful memories and good times spent. Ernie will surely be missed and not forgotten.
Everybody talks about how I was tech-savvy and I was, but I didn’t know you as well as I wish. All I know is that you were a gambler, a seller, and an eccentric person all around.